GROWERS

We work with growers whose vineyards span the Willamette Valley’s sub-AVAs, from the warmer climes of the Dundee Hills to the chilly Van Duzer Corridor.

The diversity of climates, soils and clones give us a rich palette from which to work.  We are fortunate to have forged relationships with a group of farmers dedicated to their land, farming sustainably and in many cases organically, biodynamically, and/or LIVE certified.

 

BELLE PROMENADE VINEYARD Chehalem Mountains AVA

Marty Dorschlag planted this beautiful property in 2012 on a long-abandoned orchard that had grown cherries, prunes, and blackberries.  The vineyard, at high elevation, has a cool microclimate which leads to a high toned character to the wines.  We love the pure and juicy fruit, always reminiscent of those crops grown here in the past.

 

GROWER/OWNER Owned by Martin Doerschlag, farmed by Grant Coulter
SOIL TYPE Volcanic Jory and Nekia soils
CLONE SELECTION Pommard, Calera, 667 & Wadenswil
VINE AGE Planted in 2012
VINEYARD SIZE Total of 43 acres, Averæn contracts two and a half acres
ASPECT/ELEVATION Exposed hilltop at a rocky 820 ft. elevation

CROFT VINEYARD Willamette Valley AVA

Farmed by Lee & Chancy Croft, this certified organic vineyard was planted with Pommard & Wadenswil clones in 1985 and sits at 380 feet elevation on southeast facing slopes.  Bellpine soils (the only in our program) characterize the site with silty clay loam and uplifted seabed over sandstone parent material. That marine-influenced soil paired with a microclimate that is metered and less windy than most other spots in the Willamette Valley gives the wines from this site a particular intensity and power without being overtly tannic or overripe.

 

GROWER/OWNER Lee and Chancy Croft with consulting viticulturist Ray Nuclo
SOIL TYPE Bellpine (silty clay loam, uplifted seabed) over sandstone parent
CLONE SELECTION Wadenswil & Pommard
VINE AGE Planted in 1985
VINEYARD SIZE Total of sixty-seven acres, Averæn contracts one acre of each clone
ASPECT/ELEVATION Southeast facing at 380’ elevation

EOLA SPRINGS VINEYARD Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Eola-Springs Vineyard sits on the west side of the appellation, exposed to the Van Duzer Corridor’s winds, but situated low enough on the hill to not be obliterated.  The vineyard was planted in 1972 to Pommard and Dijon clones, oriented to the southwest at 340 feet elevation.  The soils are a combination of sedimentary (Nekia) and volcanic (Jory).  LIVE certified, farmed sustainably, purchased recently by Judy Jordan (formerly of J in California).  Notorious for its spicy, red/black fruit with lots of power, and “totally sexy”.

 

GROWER/OWNER Owned by Judy Jordan’s Capra Company
SOIL TYPE Jory
CLONE SELECTION Pommard (old vines)
VINE AGE Planted in 1972
VINEYARD SIZE Averæn contracts a 1.8-acre block called North Dumb Ox Block
ASPECT/ELEVATION Southwest facing at 340’ elevation

MEREDITH MITCHELL VINEYARD McMinnville AVA

Meredith Mitchell Vineyard is a truly unique spot, superbly windy as it is exposed to the blustery winds coming through the Van Duzer Corridor.  All own-rooted Pommard clone vines planted on Jory (volcanic) and Yamhill (silty clay loam) soils with unusual, for the region, wide spacing and single wire trellis system.  This certified biodynamic vineyard is where we say, “all the magic happens.”  Late, slow ripening, wonderful tannin intensity with unmistakably pronounced blue-black aromatics.

 

GROWER/OWNER Owned by Susan Meredith and Frank Mitchell
SOIL TYPE Jory
CLONE SELECTION Pommard (own rooted)
VINE AGE Planted in 1990
VINEYARD SIZE Twenty-two acres, Averæn contracts 2.4 acres in the Alta block
ASPECT/ELEVATION South facing at 560’ elevation

NYSA VINEYARD Dundee Hills AVA

NYSA is arguably the Willamette Valley’s most hallowed vineyard site, meticulously farmed by Michael Mega.  The vineyard shares a fenceline with Domaine Drouhin and also neighbors Renegade Ridge (Archery Summit) and Domaine Serene.  Southeast facing slopes with Jory soils – the famous red dirt, volcanic soils typical of Dundee.  This late-ripening “grand cru” plot is known for tiny clusters, intense color, and the general texture and vibes of Dundee but with muscular framing and lifted spiced/floral tones.

 

GROWER/OWNER Michael Mega with consulting viticulturist Jessica Cortell of Vitis
SOIL TYPE Jory
CLONE SELECTION Pommard/Coury/115/777
VINE AGE Planted in 1988
VINEYARD SIZE Total of twenty acres, Averæn is two blocks (one original, one 2001)
ASPECT/ELEVATION Southeast facing at 675’ elevation

VALIN-MORRISSEY VINEYARD Eola-Amity Hills AVA

The Valin-Morrissey vineyard, which consists of two blocks – lower (Valin) and upper (Morrissey).  Originally a land lease, Rex Hill Vineyards paid to develop this property.  Years later when they started cutting away properties, Valin-Morrissey was the last on the chopping block.  We thought it was crazy to let such an incredible site go and pounced on it, farming it collaboratively and sustainably.  Yields wines of classic Eola-Amity Hills character: cola, tobacco, cherries and cardamom all day long.

 

GROWER/OWNER Owned by Jeff Valin, farmed by Rob Clarke
SOIL TYPE Jory
CLONE SELECTION 113/114/115/777
VINE AGE Planted in 2004
VINEYARD SIZE Total of seven acres, Averæn contracts the entire vineyard
ASPECT/ELEVATION Southeast facing at 600’ elevation

 

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